Paris in August
It is very warm or cool and damp. Everyone leaves town if they can. They are able to drive or take a train to England or Belgium or the South of France..
I would go to Provence.. or all the way South where the wild horses might be seen, where I can eat seafood every night and sleep with the windows open to sounds of waves or cicadas or just the air conditioner blowing..
Or .. I would stay home, in Paris, and take advantage of the streets that are less busy, the stores that are less full, the restaurants that have openings for reservations at the peak times. I would wander the museums without a tour guide and his flock standing right in front of the one painting that I came to see.
I would wander. I would do as my friend/blogger Amy Thomas does and rent a Velib and ride and ride and explore.. with less cars to worry about knocking me down ... and out.
I would explore the Flea Markets with more time and less crowds and maybe, this time, find something that is not only a Treasure! but affordable ... Hey ! it is my dream, I can make up whatever I want !
I would watch movies outside, although my subtitle needs might make plein air movie viewing difficult..
and picnics, plenty of picnics, in the Luxembourg Gardens,
It is fun to dream
Merci NYTimes & Manager Magazin